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Gun sales soar in Abilene as many fear stricter gun control may be looming

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 21 2012 08:50:29 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 21 2012 11:21:48 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced he would ask congress to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons. Since then gun sales have spiked all over the country.

"We have been extremely busy and we've completely sold out of all of our AR automatic rifles," said Jerry Stayton, who owns Jerry's Gun Shop.

B and B Pawn and Trading Co. manager Levi Wolfe said he has seen the same trend at his shop. 

"We’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off this whole week," said Wolfe.     

Stayton said most of the sales have been for assault-type rifles.

"I bought four rifles the day before yesterday, sold three that afternoon and the next one the next morning. I got five rifles last night, put scopes on them last night, and I already sold three," Stayton said. 

Wolfe said rifle sales at B and B have more than doubled in the last week, the biggest increase they've ever seen in such a short time. He said it’s starting to affect prices.

"We’ve already seen an increase coming from all of our wholesalers and everybody that we buy from. They've been buffing their prices and as a result ours have to go up," Wolfe said. 

Stayton and Wolfe both said because of the huge demand for guns, it's hard to get through to the FBI for background checks. They said they are sometimes on hold for anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes.

“That’s a big problem right now, trying to get people cleared,” said Stayton.